E-Content Solutions
July 1, 2001

E-Content Solutions is broken down into several categories featuring company descriptions and Web sites, including Digital Asset Management, PDF Worflow Tools, Web & Cross-Media Publishing, Web-Based Project Managment and Catalog Production Solutions. DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT: Applied Graphics Technologies (AGT): AGT provides advanced digital image management services, including the Digital Link System, an integrated suite of software applications to capture, store and retrieve content. Artesia Technologies: Artesia's TEAMS digital asset management solution drives e-business and cross-media output. It is an open, scalable solution designed to fulfill the requirements of information-intensive businesses. Ascential Software: Ascential Media360

Changing Roles
June 1, 2001

On January 22, 1984, during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII, Apple Computer aired its brilliant 60-second commercial introducing the Macintosh. Directed by Ridley Scott, the spot depicted an Orwellian world of conformity—a thinly veiled swipe at IBM—shattered by Apple's new desktop. Admittedly, the early Macintosh was underpowered, but expected to improve with time. While many in the prepress business stood back and scoffed, others took a deep breath and went for it, realizing that they were witnessing the dawn of a new revolution, knowing that one day it would significantly impact their business model. And they were right. The greatest impact of the

The Snowball Effect
January 1, 2001

You can't write a prescription for style. You can, however, create a recipe for success inside an 8x10˝ trim. For Bradford Fayfield, the 29-year-old editor and publisher of Freeskier magazine, a Storm Mountain Publishing venture, success and style are synonymous. Skiing, explains Fayfield, is a lifestyle, not just a sport. Since the magazine's launch three years ago as ski gadabout, the brainchild of this Northwestern University grad and his fellow U.S. Ski Team member, Chris Tamborini, not only found a niche just when snowboarding gained popularity, but cut a new one for extreme skiers. Tired of the conservative coverage ascribed to the

Automating Production and Scripting Technologies
September 1, 2000

Regardless of whether you're in business to manufacture magazines, ads or saucepans, any tool that can automatically manage or execute repetitive actions should be carefully considered and evaluated. Just look how personal banking applications like Intuit's Quicken or Microsoft's Money save us time in organizing run-of-the-mill banking transactions by managing the process for us. Both are examples of great tools that manage a time-consuming, mundane process. Automating production In the production environment, unavoidable tasks manifest in the form of repetitive, lengthy processes we perform every day and sometimes every hour. If these tasks could be removed from the equation, workflow and cycle time would benefit enormously,

A Virtual Room of One's Own
August 1, 2000

SCP Communications discovers that cyberspace is the place for convenient creative collaboration. SCP Communications provides constant care to the pharmaceutical and health-care industries through its production of medical communications and publications. Founded as a publishing company in 1982, SCP now comprises four divisions: clinical research, journals and custom publishing, continuing medical education, and marketing programs and meeting planning. Company operations are based in New York City, with additional locations in Darien, CT; Melville, NY; and Philadelphia. While SCP's editorial groups focus on flesh-and-blood matters, the company's New York City creative team has developed an interest in an incorporeal entity—the Internet—as a production

Creative Cornerstones
June 1, 2000

At Pyramid Creative Studios, the end determines the means. The firm's designers start each job by envisioning the finished product, and base their creative decisions on production and output considerations. The studio's prioritization of design that's practical (i.e., reproducible), as well as pretty, isn't surprising: Pyramid Creative Studios was spawned from Pyramid Flexible Packaging, a supplier of gravure-based packaging and printing since 1981. La Habra, CA, is home to both companies, known collectively as The Pyramid Group. "When I came to the company 12 years ago, Pyramid Flexible Packaging was looking for ways to expand its business beyond printing," remembers Blake Hoss, now

Shedding Light on Linux
April 1, 2000

Will the new OS have a bright future in design and publishing? Some Wall Street types are already bullish on Linux, having profited from related stock market moves, such as the recent, high-soaring IPO (initial public offering) by Red Hat, a commercial distributor of the fledgling open-source operating system. However, while day traders can cash in on any technology fad enjoying its 15 minutes of fame in the public eye and financial community, publishers and graphic designers count on digital developments with long-term, industry-specific viability. So, is Linux just a fly-by-night financial fancy, or will it become a staple in print and Web

Project Advantage Takes Shape
August 1, 1999

Trade publisher Cahners Business Information dives off a different platform with the adoption of Windows-based solutions. As of late, Y2K has given publishers a reason to take a hard look at their computer infrastructures, leading to system overhauls and an abundance of equipment buys. For trade publisher Cahners Business Information's Des Plaines, IL, office, Y2K had little to do with the publisher's recent conversion from a Mac-based to a Windows 95 and NT-driven workflow. Supporting this project fell upon the shoulders of Manny Dominguez, Cahner's editorial development and support team leader, who came to Cahners with more than 10 years of experience

A Trend to Spend
May 1, 1999

TrendWatch reports that creative firms are ready to spend. The recently released 1999 Creative Demographic Atlas and Market Segmentation Guide, published by TrendWatch, Harrisville, RI, shed some light on the print-production world's interest in technology. For the annual report, TrendWatch surveyed more than 62,000 creative companies, including graphic design firms, commercial photographers and graphic illustrators, as well as magazine, book and catalog publishers. Spending spree The good news for computer manufacturers is that print buyers are spending big bucks, or are at least planning to spend big bucks. TrendWatch reports that professional creative firms plan to spend more than $900 million on computer

Crossover Communications
May 1, 1999

Developers address publishers' needs for cross-platform workflow tools. Integration, not segregation, is being practiced in an increasingly multi-platform print production world. Your editorial crew, for example, may prefer to work on PC-based word-processing programs, while your creative staff members hold on tight to their beloved Macintosh workstations. Fortunately, there are a number of hardware and software solutions to facilitate communication between multiple platforms. Without them, the publishing world might be up the proverbial creek. Quite a predicament It's a bullish market for print buyers interested in analyzing operating systems. UNIX continues to be a popular solution for driving networks and Internet sites.